The season of Advent is upon us. It is so exciting to share this special time with our families. With the hustle and bustle of holiday parties, shopping, decorating and entertaining it is easy to forget the true meaning of Christmas. I encourage all of you to save time to spend with your children talking about Jesus. Whatever your traditions are enjoy each moment and sit back and relax! You all deserve it!

May you have a very Merry Christmas and blessed 2010!

God Bless,

Megan Thornton

Night Before Christmas For Moms

Twas the night before Christmas, when all thru the abode
only one creature was stirring, and she was cleaning the commode.
The children were finally sleeping, all snug in their beds,
while visions of Nintendo 64 and Barbie, flipped through their heads.
The dad was snoring in front of the TV,
with a half-constructed bicycle on his knee.
So only the mom heard the reindeer hooves clatter,
which made her sigh, "Now what's the matter?"
With toilet bowl brush still clutched in her hand,
she descended the stairs, and saw the old man.
He was covered with ashes and soot, which fell with a shrug.
"Oh great," muttered the mom, "Now I have to clean the rug."
"Ho-ho-ho!" cried Santa, "I'm glad you're awake."
"Your gift was especially difficult to make."
"Thanks, Santa, but all I want is some time alone."
"Exactly!" he chuckled, "I've made you a clone."
"A clone?" she asked, "What good is that?
Run along, Santa, I've no time for chit-chat."
The mother's twin. Same hair, same eyes,
same double chin. "She'll cook, she'll dust,"
she'll mop every mess. You'll relax, take it easy,
watch The Young & the Restless." "Fantastic!" the mom cheered.
"My dream come true! "I'll shop. I'll read.,
I'll sleep a whole night through!"
From the room above, the youngest began to fret.
"Mommy?! I scared... and I 'm wet."
The clone replied, "I'm coming, sweetheart."
"Hey," the mom smiled, "She knows her part."
The clone changed the small one, and hummed a tune,
as she bundled the child, in a blanket cocoon.
"You the best mommy ever. " I really love you."
The clone smiled and sighed, "I love you, too."
The mom frowned and said, "Sorry, Santa, no deal."
That's my child's love, she's trying to steal."
Smiling wisely Santa said, "To me it is clear,"
Only one loving mother, is needed here."
The mom kissed her child, and tucked her into bed.
"Thank you, Santa, " for clearing my head.
I sometimes forget, it won't be very long,
when they'll be too old, for my cradle-song."
The clock on the mantle began to chime.
Santa whispered to the clone, "It works every time."
With the clone by his side Santa said, "Goodnight.
Merry Christmas, Mom, You'll be all right."

...Author Unknown


Seasons Greetings POP MOMS! It is time for our second annual Family Christmas Feast on December 13th! As soon as the 11:15am Mass is over, we will all meet in St. James Hall for good food and great fellowship with one another. Santa Claus will be making an appearance to hear all your children's Christmas Wishes and collect Angel Tree donations for the parish! Don't forget your camera. There will be a craft project for the kids hosted by Children's Activities. Please sign up for a pot luck item to share - the list will be resent for those who have not had the opportunity to sign up yet or contact Jennifer Hill at . Looking forward to seeing you all!


Get excited about our December Christmas Brunch! In lieu of a speaker we will have a catered brunch and Mom's Favorite Things Gift Swap. Bring one of your favorite things wrapped for our gift swap ($15.00 LIMIT) to our meeting along with your old gold and silver jewelry. A representative from Central Jewelry Buyers will be on hand to buy all your old gold and silver that is taking up space in your jewelry box. They will give you CASH for your old gold and silver on the spot. Nothing like leaving with some extra Christmas cash. They will also donate 5% back to the MOM's group so we can buy some uniforms and sweaters for the children at The Santa Clara Catholic Academy. I went to a party and brought my old gold and silver and walked away with $350.00. The cost of the brunch is $7.00. You can pay Michele Nelson at the October meeting or put a check in the MOM's mailbox. Please make the checks out to Michele Nelson.